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WORLD DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

AMERICAN MYSTIC

Directed by Alex Mar
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 80 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE AMERICAN MYSTIC

Set against a vivid backdrop of bucolic rural landscapes, American Mystic weaves together the stories of three young Americans exploring alternative religion. Chuck is a Native American sundancer and new father striving to balance his religious practice and family responsibilities in the South Dakota badlands; Morpheus is a pagan priestess who finds spirituality in the earthy terrain of California mining country; and Kublai explores Spiritualism in upstate New York, a modern incarnation of the area's storied history of religious revivalism.

Alex Mar's meditative documentary artfully sews together its subjects' introspections with the landscapes of their quintessentially American districts. Their reflections are intercut with their work on the farm, drives along deserted highway, and hikes through mountain vistas. Gently applying these tropes of Americana to her story of fringe communities, Mar crafts a poetic tapestry of religious plurality, serving as a complement to prevalent depictions of religious America as homogenous and Christian. Chuck, Morpheus, and Kublai pursue religious insight in disparate, exceptional ways, but are united in a uniquely American vision of transcendence.

Female Director(s), Documentary
About the Director(s)
Alex Mar graduated from Harvard University with a background in journalism, production, and video art. She worked as a producer for MTV News and an editor for Rolling Stone before cofounding Empire 8 Productions in 2008. American Mystic is her feature debut.

Film Info
  • Section:
    World Documentary Feature Competition
  • Year:
    2010
  • Length:
    80 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Producer:
    Nicholas Shumaker, Alex Mar
  • Editor:
    Andy Grieve
  • Executive Producer:
    Jack Turner, Cathy Unruh
  • Director:
    Alex Mar
  • Director of Photography:
    Gregory Mitnick

Contacts
  • Sales Contact
    Michael Thornton
    Forward Entertainment
    New York, NY 10128
    Phone: 212 300 6677
    info@forwardentertainment.us
  • Director
    Alex Mar
    Empire 8 Productions
    New York City, NY 10003
    Phone: 917 783 5559
    amar@empire8.net
  • Producer
    Nicholas Shumaker
    Empire 8 Productions
    New York, NY 10007
    Phone: 917 386 5333
    nshumaker@empire8.net
  • Director
    Alex Mar
    Empire 8 Productions
    New York City, NY 10003
    Phone: 917 783 5559
    amar@empire8.net
  • Producer
    Nicholas Shumaker
    Empire 8 Productions
    New York, NY 10007
    Phone: 917 386 5333
    nshumaker@empire8.net
  • Sales Contact
    Michael Thornton
    Forward Entertainment
    New York, NY 10128
    Phone: 212 300 6677
    info@forwardentertainment.us

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